Monthly Archives: November 2014


Something for the weekend

Cup of coffee_Carli Jean

This week, Dave in the copywriting team stunned the office with his sparkling water choice. No, I don’t mean his choice of water was a ‘sparkling’ idea. He actually purchased fizzy water from a shop, using real money. It caused quite the uproar in the office and the majority agreed the h2O market has far better things to offer. Give me a bottle of still any day.

The weather in London has been somewhat of a Yorkshire summer this week, with grey skies and plenty of rain. We’ve also been debating the words ‘ginnel’ and ‘snicket’, popular terms up north for an alleyway. We northerners in the office strongly agree that these are actual words, whereas the others are not so sure. (It’s NOT a word! -ed)

Culinary update

A new restaurant was discovered this week, and it turned out to be the best thing ever. Breakfast and Burgers, in the Whitechapel area, delivers breakfast and/or burgers to your door. Sausage, egg and cheese in a brioche bun; need I say more?

The designers have been fixated on icons and image library this week, as well as working on the Bloodybigspider Christmas card, while us funsters in the marketing team have typed a combined 337,256 words in total… though that’s just a wild guess.

And it’s the last weekend in November, which means from today Christmas is only 26 days away. Scary.

Anyway here are a few fun links from the week. Enjoy:

Don’t forget to share some of your favourite links of the week with us too.

Thanks and happy weekend folks!

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Are tablets killing bookshops?

With the ever-growing popularity of iPads and Kindles, books and magazines have disappeared from many a shelf and found themselves transported into cloud libraries instead. Digital fans have de-cluttered their bookcases, the dusty remnants gone to charity shops or, worse still, thrown in the bin.


So it makes me wonder, will the publication of magazines and books slowly burn out as we’ve seen with DVDs, CDs and video over the years? (I’ve still got videos! –ed) Music giant HMV is still going – thanks to public support – but we’ve seen many shops crumble in the wake of the digital revolution.

Can the same be said for our beloved books? With so many of us moving towards tablet reading, do we still need to go out and buy literature? The big chains like Waterstones and WHSmith are still surviving on our high streets and don’t seem to be going anywhere soon. But even more surprisingly, there’s a number of unique independent shops going from strength to strength because of those few still buying books as they were meant to be read.

Independent brilliance

Shops like Artwords and Brick Lane Bookshop in the East end of London are just a couple of independent shops I’ve been into recently and they sell some really beautiful books and magazines. You can see why they’re so busy.

One book I bought recently was The Where, the Why, and the How. It’s really stunning, and the illustrations and information go hand in hand to make it an incredible, one-of-a-kind purchase I would never have known about had I not popped in and browsed the shelves. And of course it just wouldn’t be the same on a tablet.

I think busy shops full of book lovers is a telling sign. While tech advances and we’re all quickly moving into a digital world, there’s still a demand for print – something that’s been around for hundreds of years. There’s something so special about books: the smell, the feel, the weight, and the sheer pleasure you get from reading them.

Let’s hope that the book love lives on and continues to stand the test of time. LONG LIVE PRINT!


Something for the weekend

Rick here, and that can only mean one thing: it’s nearly the weekend! It’s been another busy few days at Bloodybigspider HQ, and our Instagram page – not sure if I’ve mentioned that yet?! – is still busy bringing you a load of snazzy shots from around East London and inside the studio:

So what’s been happening at the agency? The tongue-tingling Terry’s chocolate orange of last week was replaced by a pack of Bourbon biscuits, whilst the lunchtime highlight was watching the fastest falafel wrapper in the whole of Whitechapel, down in Petticoat Lane Market. I also managed to get the local chippy to cook my fish without the skin, just like they do up north.

Here’s a sneaky preview of one of the icons Sam has been busy working on this week for a client. Look out for the finished design soon!


Elsewhere in the world, everyone’s been talking about the heavy snow in the north east of America, RBS being fined again, and private webcams in the UK getting hacked. So, if you want to see me singing in the shower, you’re in for a treat…

Anyway, here are a few links that have kept us entertained through the week:

That’s all from our weekly round-up folks, feel free to add comments and share your links with us.


Richard Mclean

The big wide world, ‘app-sized’

Nowadays, if you want to get anywhere in the world, all you need to do is open Google Maps and tell it where you want to go. No need to prepare or plan ahead; just wake up, type in the postcode of your destination and you’re good to go.


The days of the ‘pocket-sized’ A-Z maps are well and truly a thing of the past – and I use the term ‘pocket-sized’ very loosely because there’s no way you could fit those things in your pocket. Especially not with the skinny jeans I manage to squeeze myself into every morning.

Going back a few years, I remember family holidays when I was younger (Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and Bridlington are all firm family favourites) before the arrival of the TOM TOM and other such navigational devices. Roadmaps were all the rage, literally.

My dad would be sat there with a map in his hands, trying to find out which roads we needed to take whilst annoying my poor mum in the process. If you got lost, you were genuinely lost. You couldn’t pinpoint your exact location like you can now.

He would always manage to get us from A to B somehow and was pretty good with roadmaps. He’d probably still use one now if my mum would let him. Map reading is a dying art, really, and I think if he were stranded somewhere with only a map to get about with, he’d be alright. I, on the other hand, would be completely and utterly lost without Google Maps.

Migrating south

My cousin made the transition to London from the cold north about ten years ago now and things have moved at an incredible pace since then. Getting around London is as easy as, well, opening Citymapper and typing in your destination. It recommends the fastest route and which tubes to take, and always gets you from door to door with absolute precision.

Hailing from Leeds, I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to get around London in the pre-smartphone ages. You’d have needed the ‘pocket-sized’ A-Z book to hand and you’d actually have to research where you needed to go.

While visiting my cousin in London once I went out with a friend on the town, had a few too many drinks and spent a lot of time arguing about which was the right bus back to Sydenham.

Had we had smartphones back then, the whole argument would never have happened. So, sorry Thomas, you were right.


Apps like Citymapper have made life so much easier for anyone travelling around London and whether you’re going out to a hip new burger joint with chums or heading to a big interview, getting around couldn’t be easier. For this non-Londoner, map tech has made getting about feel like a walk in the park and gives me the confidence to make my way around. That is, until my battery runs out.

The only problem with having all of these features on your smartphone is that you spend most of the time walking the streets with your shiny iPhone in your hand. You may as well be walking around with £500 hanging out of your back pocket.

I’m sad to say the days of street maps are behind us and I will treasure all the memories of being completely lost and guessing where we ‘might be’. But nostalgia aside, a gadget that shows us exactly where to go and how to get there is truly the best way forward.

I do think these types of apps are amazing but, at the same time, I think it’s a real shame that we’re losing some of the things that our parents and grandparents know like the back of their hands. Maybe in another 50 years, apps like Citymapper might be a thing of the past, who knows? But now, all I need is an app that lets me instantly share all those pictures I take when I’m wandering around London with the rest of the world…

Oh, and by the way, check out our new Instagram page.


Image credits:

Kate Hiscock & Sylwia Bartyzel 


Something for the weekend


Happy Friday! Rick here. Welcome to our new blog series where we’ll be sharing some of the best links we’ve come across throughout the week, plus giving you a little peek behind the Bloodybigspider HQ doors and letting you in the latest agency highlights – like the amazing bag of popping candy Terry’s chocolate orange segments we wolfed down yesterday, and the smell of fried chicken that permeated the office when we brought Mother Clucker lunches back to our desks. All our news won’t be food related, promise.

More importantly, we had a couple of lovely new additions to the team this week – hi Dave and Miranda! Oh, and I became the new Bloodybigspider marketing assistant, so look out for my Instagram updates!

My favourite link of the week:

While working on some client copy this week I came across, which of course made me chuckle and think back to school when we’d write PEN15 on each other’s arms and laugh uncontrollably. Anyway, I was a little nervous typing it into my browser and wasn’t quite sure what might pop up on the screen, but obviously is just an unfortunately titled website selling… drumroll please… pens. The ‘finest quality custom pens’, in fact. All perfectly innocent. Although Pen Island do also handcraft wooden pens –  ‘winning multiple awards’ in the process – and highlight this with the headline: We specialise in wood.

I’m still not sure if the pun was intended or not.

And here are some links from the rest of the team:

Stay tuned for next week’s blog. In the meantime, go ahead and add your own links for the weekend in the comments section below. Thanks, and enjoy!

Richard Mclean